In England, the entrance to a rabbit hole leads… to a cave used by the Templars

In the Shropshire countryside of western England, the entrance to a rabbit hole in a farmer’s field leads to a network of caves believed to be dug by the Knights Templar 700 years ago. years.

In a farmer’s field near the town of Shifnal in Shropshire (West England), the entrance to a rabbit hole led to an incredible discovery a few years ago: that of a network of caves. Many believe that this network was built 700 years ago by the Templars, a medieval religious order.

Two engraved crosses, a symbol of the Order, seem to indicate this function and the origin of these cellars. The farmer who owns the field got tired of the many comings and goings of amateur archaeologists or followers of black magic rituals and therefore closed access to the site in 2012. Despite some damage due to these various visits, the sanctuary underground is largely intact.

British photographer Michael Scott obtained permission from the owner to photograph this sumptuous place by candlelight alone to recreate the atmosphere that reigned there centuries ago.  » It’s quite narrow and small, in it I had to squat, and the atmosphere there is surprisingly quiet and very dry « , he declares, estimating the place  » mysterious and sumptuous to the Telegraph.

The Order of the Temple founded in 1139 by Innocent II was a key player in the Holy War and the Crusades. In 1307, the King of France Philippe Le Bel, ordered the massive arrest of the Templars with the consent of Pope Clement V. As for their legendary treasure, which disappeared with the Order, it has never been discovered.

Some photos of the place:

The entrance to the rabbit hole that led to the discovery. Photo credit: Michael Scott/Caters
Part of the network lit by candlelight. Photo credit: Michael Scott/Caters
Part of a cave that has been damaged, but still well preserved. Photo credits: Michael Scott/Caters

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